Zipline, a California-based automated logistics company that provides medical relief via automated aerial vehicles in Tanzania and Rwanda, has lifted the lid on it operations.
The company is currently collaborating with the Tanzanian and Rwandan governments to operate the world’s largest drone-based blood delivery service that will allow remote health facilities to gain access to life-saving medicines.
Keller Rinaudo, founder and CEO of Zipline, and Matthew Steckman, chief revenue officer for the company, spoke on a podcast for IMF about the running of the business and the issues they encounter.
Keller explained: “The reason we started in Rwanda, and that often surprises people, is that there was an amazing opportunity to partner with a government that a really specific vision for how automated and instant delivery can save lives.
“Not only did we have a really innovative government in Rwanda, but it’s also a pretty small country that’s centralised so that made it an amazing place to demonstrate this technology and now we’re in the process of using Rwanda as a role model.”
Steckman commented: “With any good technical project the hardest part of it isn’t the first 90%, it’s the last 10% to make it real and to make it physical and to make it work when you need it every day.
Beginning in the first quarter of 2018, Zipline will provide and operate more than 100 drones that will make up to 2,000 life-saving deliveries per day to over 1,000 health facilities across Tanzania.
The full conversation on the IMF podcast can be found below.